Transcending from an African household name to a global superstar, chart topping Nigerian musician and creative Adekunle Gold marks this chapter of his ascension with the release of his new album Afro Pop Vol. 1, the first of a 2-part series.
This album emerges as a fresh approach to the crooner’s sound, more embracing of wider influences while underpinned by the traditional West African sounds that positioned him as a unique force in music. Going from the rock-laced Exclusive and the dancehall-leaning Pretty Girl to firmly embracing the afro-pop label with sweet Here For Ya, he seeks a diverse evolution here.
Focusing on Pretty Girl, Adekunle shared: “’Pretty Girl’ is a fun dancehall song that talks about the multifaceted-ness of a woman. How she can go from demure to breaking her back on the dance floor. Love to see a woman be all she wants to be without reservation.”
His most ambitious body of work to date, with notable guests including Tekno, Patoranking and Nailah Blackman speaking to the calibre of this new release. Adekunle adds: “’Afropop’ for me is a diverse take on pop music. It encompasses all genres, heavily influenced by my African roots. I don’t want to be the guy from Africa that made a world album, I want to be the guy from Africa that made an album for the world,”
Listen to the Afro Pop Vol 1 album here.